Why do so many of us now write more about Kashmir than about US politics? Because the level of oppression is more violent & acute & the force of Kashmiri resistance to it more powerful. The Kashmiri struggle for azadi is not a diversion from US politics but heralds the way forward for all who are oppressed anywhere in the world. It speaks to the struggles of Black, Latino, & Native Americans in the same way the US Civil Rights Movement spoke to the anti-colonial movements of the post-World War II era. If one has to choose between lesser evil parsing of the US elections or a bread & butter strike in the US heartland, it’s a no-brainer to focus on those who stand against military occupation & genocide. To many of us, international borders do not justify indifference. Every struggle against oppression is our business. No human being is alien to us.